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Mission Impossible? Limits and Perils of Institutionalizing Post-National Social Policy

Wolfram Lamping

in Promoting Solidarity in the European Union

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583188
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594502 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583188.003.0003
Mission Impossible? Limits and Perils of Institutionalizing Post-National Social Policy

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This chapter argues that the EU should be careful when it raises high expectations or when it announces high-flown and ambitious social policy projects which approach the sensitive core policies of national welfare statehood. Under these conditions, however, diversity might not be a problem, but a challenge. The central question for a ‘Social Europe’ is which (institutional, social, distributive, etc.) diversity can be acknowledged and accepted as legitimate — and which cannot.

Keywords: solidarity; Europe social solidarity; social policy; social contract; welfare state

Chapter.  12989 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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